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Jalapeño Ranch Recipe

Jalapeño Ranch is perfect as a dressing, dip or sauce. It has a thick sour cream base, and is lightened up with fresh cilantro and lime juice and a hint of spice. This stuff is highly addictive!

If you’re looking for something more mild, I highly recommend our Avocado Ranch which is loved by kids and adults. Jalapeño ranch has a kick to it and is perfect as a dip for Potato Wedges, drizzled over Shrimp Fajitas, or your favorite salad.

Close up jalapeno ranch recipe in mason jar with spoon in jar

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Jalapeño Ranch Recipe:

Jalapeño ranch has a simple list of ingredients with amazing fresh flavor with a perfectly creamy (non gritty) consistency. It is seasoned to perfection and better than any store-bought dressing. It also keeps really well in the refrigerator for up to a week and only gets better with time as the flavors meld.

Ingredients for jalapeno ranch with sour cream, jalapenos, cilantro, lime, garlic and onion powder and salt

How to Make Jalapeño Ranch:

Good news! This is the easiest recipe. All you need to make it is a food processor, a good blender or magic bullet. You simply combine all of the ingredients and blend until creamy and smooth. We seed and roughly chop the jalapeno and cilantro but it really is just a blend and serve type of recipe.

How to make jalapeno ranch in food processor

Serve Jalapeño Ranch Dressing on:

Serve Jalapeño Ranch Dip with:

  • Fresh vegetables
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Potato Wedges
  • Quesadillas or taquitos

Drizzle as a Sauce over:

jalapeno ranch dressing in mason jar with jalapeno, limes and cilantro

There are so many practical reasons excuses to make and consume Jalapeño Ranch. It really is lip-smacking good. Make this once and you will want a steady supply in your refrigerator.

Jalapeño Ranch Recipe

5 from 13 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Jalapeno ranch in mason jar with spoon in jar
Jalapeño Ranch is perfect as a dressing, dip or sauce. It has a thick sour cream base, and is lightened up with fresh cilantro and lime juice and a hint of spice.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $2-$3
Keyword: jalapeno ranch
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Course: Condiments, Sauce
Calories: 78 kcal
Servings: 6 people (4 Tbsp each serving)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 Tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1 jalapeno Seeded and chopped (2 Tbsp)
  • 2 tsp lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in the bowl of a food processor, blender or magic bullet and blend until creamy and smooth (about 30 seconds).

Nutrition Facts
Jalapeño Ranch Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 78 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 419mg18%
Potassium 60mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 280IU6%
Vitamin C 3.6mg4%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Maria
    June 18, 2020

    I love her simplicity and personality. I never knew about Natasha until I started traveling to Canada. She is a great cook and makes her recipes so simple to follow!! I am Hispanic and I could taste from a distance her shrimp fajitas. Yummmy. I do make my own flour and corn tortillas

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 18, 2020

      I can only imagine how good those homemade tortillas must be! YUM! Thank you for your nice and thoughtful feedback.

      Reply

  • Jan V
    May 28, 2020

    Hi Natasha – I made this exactly as your recipe states and it was fabulous. I used an immersion blender for easy clean up and it was smooth and creamy. Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 28, 2020

      You’re welcome Jan! I’m so glad you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Ching
    May 24, 2020

    Can I use fresh garlic and onion instead the powder?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 25, 2020

      Hi Ching, you could try this with fresh garlic and onion. I think that would still work. The dried powder helps to keep the mixture slightly thicker though.

      Reply

  • Janet Rigatti
    May 14, 2020

    Can the jalapeño ranch dressing be Store in the freezer?
    The recipe makes a & I do not want to waste it.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 14, 2020

      Hi Janet, It keeps really well in the refrigerator for up to a week and only gets better with time as the flavors meld. I have not tried freezing it as it has never lasted long enough. I imagine it may separate in the freezer when thawed.

      Reply

  • Anna Lapan
    May 4, 2020

    Can sour cream be substituted with mayo? Thanks:)

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 4, 2020

      Hi Anna, since the base of this sauce is sour cream, it would be difficult to sub it with mayo and get the same flavor. I haven’t tested it with Greek yogurt, but that would probably be the next best thing to use plain Greek yogurt. You might also try our avocado ranch which has less sour cream in it and is part mayo.

      Reply

  • Mike Thorn
    May 3, 2020

    Natasha I Love You and your Video’s. Thanks for sharing you are the best, and you make them so easy to follow with your step by step Recipe Video.

    Love You ❤️😍😘🥰

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 3, 2020

      Thank you for your compliments, Mike!

      Reply

    • hanna thomas
      June 30, 2020

      I wouldn’t just substitute sour cream for the other ingredients. I substituted sour cream for 1/2 of my mayonaise and it was TOO strong and unpleasant. Use more full fat mayo. Forget the sour cream!

      Reply

  • Marilyn Maloney
    May 3, 2020

    Could you substitute the sour cream for plain yogurt?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 3, 2020

      Hi Marilyn, I haven’t tested it with yogurt, but that would probably be the next best thing to use plain Greek yogurt. You might also try our avocado ranch which has less sour cream in it and is part mayo.

      Reply

  • Meredith
    April 29, 2020

    Delicious! This reminded me of Chuy’s ranch dip, which we love. I whipped this up in no time, and it’s so tasty. I normally bake chicken with mayo topped with crumbled french fried onions. I thought this would be a good substitute for the mayo, and I was right! SO DELISH! My husband was speechless except for the “mmm mmm mmm!” I tried it with regular french fried onions, and also French’s new flavor, fried red peppers. Both so good, and the red pepper gave it even more of a pop of flavor! Thank you for this recipe! Love trying your recipes and watching your videos!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 29, 2020

      Great to hear that, Meredith! I’m so happy that you loved this dip and yes this can indeed be a great substitute for mayo. Thanks for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • exovelle
    April 24, 2020

    Thank you so much Natasha ! Love ❤️ u!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 24, 2020

      You’re welcome! Sending LOVE back!

      Reply

  • Claudia Gaona Hernandez
    March 19, 2020

    My husband and I LOVED this jalapeño ranch on our chicken and fish tacos.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 19, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Julie Ihlan
    February 22, 2020

    I love this recipe and make it all the time. It’s always a hit when I bring to work and makes healthy snacking so much better.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 22, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review Julie!

      Reply

  • Linda
    January 16, 2020

    I loved this recipe. I thought it came out a little too salty, so the next time I make it I am going to cut it down to a half teaspoon or eliminate the salt altogether. It can always be added; but, it’s hard to take away if too salty.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 16, 2020

      Thank you for that feedback, Linda!

      Reply

  • Kamala Vasudevan
    September 2, 2019

    Wow Natasha!!! It looks so yummy. Going to show off my skills tonight. Hehe

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 3, 2019

      That’s so great Kamala! I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • Jen
    August 10, 2019

    Very delicious base but I
    was disappointed how salty it was. I made the dip exactly as instructed but i wish it had left out the salt. Maybe at the end say “add salt to taste”

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 10, 2019

      Thank you for that suggestion Jen.

      Reply

  • Pam Williams
    June 25, 2019

    Can a hand held blender be used for mixing

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 25, 2019

      Hi Pam, I haven’t tested that but if it is powerful enough I don’t see why not!

      Reply

  • Lily Mak
    June 17, 2019

    How long will the ranch stay fresh in the refrigerator?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 18, 2019

      Hi Lily, It keeps really well in the refrigerator for up to a week and only gets better with time as the flavors meld.

      Reply

  • Jessica
    June 12, 2019

    Hey Natasha,
    I don’t want to use garlic or onion powder can I use fresh or what can I substitute it with.

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    • Natasha
      June 13, 2019

      Hi Jessica, you could try this with fresh garlic. I think that would still work. The dried powder helps to keep the mixture slightly thicker though.

      Reply

  • Terri
    June 8, 2019

    My husband doesn’t like sour cream, do you think mayonnaise would work? Maybe, I could use ranch dressing and put in lime juice, cilantro and a jalapeño?

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    • Natasha
      June 10, 2019

      Hi Terri, since the base of this sauce is sour cream, it would be difficult to sub it with mayo and get the same flavor. I haven’t tested it with Greek yogurt, but that would probably be the next best thing to use a plain Greek yogurt. You might also try our avocado ranch which has less sour cream in it and is part mayo.

      Reply

  • Angela Fitzpatrick
    June 7, 2019

    This sounds delightful! How well/long does it keep in the fridge?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 8, 2019

      Hi Angela, It keeps really well in the refrigerator for up to a week and only gets better with time as the flavors meld.

      Reply

  • Krissy Allori
    June 6, 2019

    I have a friend who is obsessed with jalapeno, so I will have to make this for them!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 6, 2019

      I hope your friend loves this recipe!!

      Reply

  • Emily
    June 6, 2019

    We made this dressing for our salads today and it was so yummy! I loved the fresh lime in it, and just the right amount of spice!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      June 6, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review.

      Reply

  • Kara
    June 6, 2019

    I love homemade dressing, it is always the best! This one looks simply delicious, and I love that it has a bit of a kick. Can’t wait to give it a try!

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    • Natasha
      June 6, 2019

      Mmm yes! It makes everything taste better and that kick of heat makes it way more exciting than plain ranch.

      Reply

  • Beth Pierce
    June 6, 2019

    Love that I can now make this from home versus buying a store brand! Delicious and with a kick; yum!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 6, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Ashley F
    June 6, 2019

    I absolutely love how easy this was to make and how creamy it came out! Perfect!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 6, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Ashley!

      Reply

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